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As bodies pile up at hospital morgues in California, National Guard and refrigerated trucks arrive to help

As bodies pile up at hospital morgues in California, National Guard and refrigerated trucks arrive to help
The National Guard has been called to Los Angeles County to help with the temporary storage of bodies at the county medical examiner-coroner's office, relieving pressure on hospital morgues and private mortuaries that have run out of storage space for bodies.

As bodies pile up at hospital morgues in California, National Guard and refrigerated trucks arrive to help Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Chief, Investigations, Brian Elias, is photographed in front of some of 12 total, donated freezer containers, behind his office in Los Angeles, CA, on Thursday, Oct.LOS ANGELES (Tribune News Service) — The intensity of the pandemic continues to worsen, with the rising COVID-19 death toll overwhelming funeral homes and causing state officials to send refrigerated trucks across California to hold corpses.The National Guard has been called to Los Angeles County to help with the temporary storage of bodies at the county medical examiner-coroner's office, relieving pressure on hospital morgues and private mortuaries that have run out of storage space for bodies.As of last week, guard troops were stationed at 13 medical facilities in the state, including Adventist Health White Memorial in Los Angeles, Methodist Hospital of Southern California in Arcadia and Pacifica Hospital of the Valley in Sun Valley.

(c)2021 the Los Angeles Times Visit the Los Angeles Times at www.Many hospital morgues are now filled with bodies, and officials are trying to move them for temporary storage at the county medical examiner-coroner's office.

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